In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.
(What did you say? Huh? Can you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)
I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.
The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.
To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.
Occasionally I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!
This post will consider the song
Phantom Limb – Tourniquet
It’s just prior to Christmas, and we have heard Christmas music for 2 (?) months. I offer you a momentary change up with a tune from Tourniquet. Be careful – this one is a bit loud! Crazy good lyrics, taking a medical condition and finding the spiritual parallel, all the while with music I used to crank the most.
The case of George Dedlow
Double amputee, one of 500,000
Civil War casualties
Suffered a phenomenon so bizarre
Even the doctors looked on from afar
How can you feel a leg that isn’t even there?
From cold to burning heat
To pain beyond compare
Clinically know as phantom limb
So hard to treat, prognosis dim
Brachial plexus avulsion
They told you cycles were dangerous
Nerves ripped from the spinal cord
You certainly need the Lord
But just like the feeling in your arm that is gone
You’ve severed communication with Him all along
Even though you know it’s totally wrong
Spiritual death kicks off it’s swan song
Don’t throw away the years He gives you
By hardening your heart within you
And if you cut off both your own legs
And you have sworn just to ignore Him
The phantom limb will start to haunt you
He wants to bring you back, revive you
The drummer, Ted Kirkpatrick stood out, but they were all worthy to listen to IMHO.
Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!
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